Hank Hill, propane salesman and main character of King of the Hill, always seemed flummoxed by his encounters with the Texas artist crowd. Turns out they were equally disquieted by him, and now we've got the chance to see an art show with the results. Well, not exactly, but the art exhibit Death of a Propane Salesman: Anxiety and the Texas Artist is focused on Texas artists responding to the norms, pressures and discomforts of Texas life that have ultimately shaped their art...including, it seems safe to assume, interactions with propane salesman, cartoon or otherwise. Before a journey to the Art Galleries at TCU, 2900 West Berry St. in Fort Worth, I highly advise a King of the Hill screening--especially the "Hanksgiving" episode, or the Halloween one--to pick up the shorthand of what those "artist types" are trying to say. Then, upon arriving, you can decide for yourself if Hank and Co. got it right, or if you're siding with Lawrence Lee, Margaret Meehan, Edward Setina and other featured artists of the exhibition. Death of a Propane Salesman hangs through December 13. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 817-257-2588 or visit theartgalleries.tcu.edu for information.
Thursdays-Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 30. Continues through Dec. 13, 2009
I love that Hank was a propane salesman. It's just a very American job, especially a Texan job. Propane is really useful, especially for the grill aficionado. Stoking up coals every time you want to grill is just impossible and impractical.